Week of June 6 – June 12, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 13

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Openings  - “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go out and do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” - Howard Thurman en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Thurman Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. Send your favourite quote about celebrating co-operatives, communities and a better world for all, to circles1@nbnet.nb.ca  


This Week in Co-op Circles

·        The first twelve women graduated from the Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick’s Women’s Co-op Business Program and CBC television was there to cover it.  http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/Local_News/NB/ID=1504973270  The board, staff, and members of the Co-operative Enterprise Council, congratulate the graduates: Rachel James, Nancy O’Connell, Sarah Doiron, Stephanie Landry, Lethania Martinez, Denyse Milliken, Arveen Vij, Dianne LeBlanc, Hilda Brudkowski, Melanie Chiasson, Krista Davis and Heather Horseman.  

·        Amber Delorey a former participant, young leader and now volunteer facilitator of the Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership (ACYL) program, presented the ACYL developed Diversity Workshop to The Healthy Relationships for Youth (HRY) Program on Friday, May 28th in Antigonish, NS.  HRY is a school based violence prevention program which includes youth as peer educators in the classroom as well as in their schools and communities.  ACYL represents co-operatives and credit unions across the Atlantic region and continues to look for new ways to stay active in your local communities.  For information about ACYL visit www.acyl.coop

·        The Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership (ACYL) will be hosting its 3rd and final seminar of 2010 at Mount Traber, Nova Scotia from Sept. 30 - Oct. 3, 2010. ACYL will only be accepting 40 youth from across the Atlantic Provinces. Registration is now open. If you or a friend is interested please fill out the participant application at http://www.acyl.coop/english/wall.htm (left hand side bar). ACYL will be accepting 35 new participants, 5 returnees and 5 young leaders (Creative Directors). 

·        Young people in Newfoundland and Labrador will have the opportunity to develop new skills and pursue career development opportunities in the co-op sector through a new pilot project funded by the provincial government. The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Co-operatives (NLFC) will work in partnership with the province to implement the three-year, $250,000 initiative.  The program will help young people develop skills and find employment in the co-op sector. It will also inform young people about how they can create jobs for themselves by forming worker co-ops. In addition to generating opportunities for skills and career development for youth, this pilot project will also assist the province's co-ops in addressing employee succession issues. www.nlfc.coop

·        Forty-six volunteers received recognition awards for their work on a literacy centre pilot project at two School District 5 schools in New Brunswick. Education Minister Roland Haché and the Fondation des caisses populaires acadiennes recognized the partners involved in the literacy project at Académie Notre-Dame in Dalhousie and École Le Tournesol in Petit-Rocher in School District 5, L'Étoile du Nord. The project was developed in District 5 and launched by the Department of Education and the Caisses populaires acadiennes in December 2009. For more information see http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=1448

·        A new co-op was recently incorporated in Prince Edward Island to provide housing.  The Social Affordable Residence Atlantic Housing Co-operative Limited (Sara Co-op) is just in its formation stages. More information is available from Fred Martens through the PEI Co-op Council, peicc@peicc.coop

·        Co-op Atlantic http://www.coopatlantic.ca/ has announced another exciting activity of the Eat Atlantic Program. They have just launched the Let’s Grow Seed program, which involves 25,000 Atlantic schoolchildren growing food. In early May, all grade 3 classes in English schools and all grade 4 classes in French schools received a Let’s Grow kit, which included a package of bean seeds, a fun activity guide with growing instructions, and interactive activities at the www.eatatlantic.ca web site. All students can register online to receive and share growing tips, and for a chance to win one of five bicycles.

·        Credit union executive Jamie Baillie has announced his candidacy for the leadership of Nova Scotia’s Progressive Conservative party, surrounded by several faces from his own and the province's political past. Baillie, 44, who was chief of staff to former premier John Hamm and is president of Credit Union Atlantic, said he is offering a new way of doing things http://www.metronews.ca/toronto/canada/article/544273--credit-union-executive-becomes-first-candidate-who-wants-to-lead-n-s-tories


Co-op Ed 101 –This week I found a few interesting co-ops on Center for Sustainable Community http://centerforsustainablecommunity.org/co-ops.html  Stelle Community Co-ops - Stelle (rhymes with bell) is a small community located amid the cornfields of northeast Illinois.  Currently comprised of 44 households, the community was founded in 1973 by The Stelle Group, a small not-for-profit organization, in order to create a supportive environment where individual human development would be a foremost priority. http://www.stellecommunity.com/   Center for Sustainable Community is involved in several of Stelle’s co-op ventures CSC exists to foster a learning community, to demonstrate models and practices of sustainability, and to build supportive and durable relationships. - Maureen MacLean


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - Co-op Atlantic just announced an exciting new opportunity. They have been promoting eating local for a while now and they are committed to continuously keeping this message fresh and forefront for people in Atlantic Canada. They are inviting aspiring filmmakers from anywhere in Atlantic Canada to submit a short film that will inspire people to eat local. You have up to 1.5 minutes to get your message across in a creative way. The deadline for entries is August 15. Learn more about the video contest at http://www.eatatlantic.ca/index.cfm/en/contests and also check out the great prizes. - Erin Hancock


Contest of the Week – Last week’s winner: Patrick Dempsey, Yarmouth, NS. Answer: Eleven rounds of golf were played. Congratulations! This week’s contest: Flip me upside down or read me backwards, and you have the same thing. Remove one of me, and you have what a famous Henry was. If you instead remove the other of me, and turn me on my side, you could try to count to me, but would never arrive. What number am I? Please keep those entries coming! Everyone who enters has their name placed in the contest can for the month end drawing. The Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon. Send your entry to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca


Today’s Smile - Being over the hill is much better than being under it!


Co-op Cooking - Curry is one of the spices we are told we should include in our diet as the health benefits are said to be many. Personally, I add it to foods quite often, simply because I like the flavour. In this recipe you can pair the taste of curry with a choice of different meats so that it becomes a new and different dish.

Chicken-Apple Curry

4 cups cooked, cubed chicken

1 large onion, diced

1/2 cup diced raisins

1/2 cup diced celery
1 1/2 cups diced, unpeeled apples
1/4 cup butter

2 tbsp flour
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tbsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp ginger
1 1/2 tbsp chicken bouillon mix.
1 1/2 cup water

1 tbsp lemon juice
Spring onions, diced, for garnish

Heat butter in skillet, add onions and cook until transparent. Add apples and raisins; sauté 5 minutes, add celery and cook 2 more minutes. Combine seasoning and flour and blend in; add chicken bouillon mix dissolved in water with lemon juice, and stir until thickened. Simmer 2 to 3 minutes stirring all the time. Fold in chicken, mix well. Garnish with spring onions. Serve on a bed of rice with apple chutney and fresh cucumber salad. Note: turkey, pork or lamb can be used instead of chicken. – Glenna Weagle


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      June 9 – 12 – Co-op Housing Federation Annual General Meeting, London, ON

§      June 14-16, 2010 – Canadian Co-operative Association Congress 2010: Co-operation and sustainability: the way forward, The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC

§      June 15, 2010 – Annual Meeting, Advance Savings Credit Union, 7 pm, Moncton, NB, Futures Inn (off Mapleton Road)

§      June 23, 2010 – Nova Scotia Co-operative Council Annual General Meeting, Halifax, NS Healthcare Workshop ~ 1 – 2:30 PM, Annual Meeting ~ 3 - 5:00 PM, Radisson Suite Hotel, Halifax. Space is limited, so please RSVP to andrea@nsco-opcouncil.ca or (902) 893-8966, indicating which events you plan to attend (see attached for further info on the workshop)


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